Application Process

How to Apply

A completed graduate application is required by the Graduate School before your application will be processed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online and well before the deadlines listed below.

Apply ONLINE Apply by MAIL

**Please note that students must select the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (code GBCB) on their application materials.

Questions? Need help?
Email dennie@vt.edu -- be sure to include your full name and date of birth.

**Please note that students must select the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (code GBCB) on their application materials.

Please send ALL your documents to the GBCB Program Assistant, Dennie Munson, at the address below. This office works in conjunction with the Graduate School and will forward transcripts and immigration materials accordingly.

Dennie Munson
Graduate Program Liaison, GBCB
Steger Hall (0477)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540 231 3053
Email: dennie@vt.edu

Application Deadlines (**Please note that these deadlines take precedence over those posted by the Graduate School):
For Spring Semester Admissions:
International applicants--September 1
U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants—Nov 1

For Fall Semester Admissions:
International applicants—Jan 15
U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants—Jan 15

 

Objectives

The goal of the program is to develop PhD candidates' skills as they perform original research in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology thus enabling our graduates to pursue careers in academia, government, or the private sector. The mission of the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program is to combine discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary course work with a multidisciplinary research environment that is supported by program faculty and distinguished by a high level of collaboration.

The scientific and training focus of the program involves three significant interdependent areas in the post-genomic era: experimental approaches and technologies for addressing complex biological questions, methods for collection, management and analysis of large data sets, and data-based modeling of biological systems. The program will stress skills that include:

  • Design and implementation of experiments that generate large biological data sets, for the purpose of analyzing complex biological systems.
  • Development and application of methods to collect, store, organize, and visualize large biological data sets.
  • Development and application of statistical, mathematical and computational tools for the interpretation of large biological data sets.
  • Development and application of data-based mathematical modeling and simulation techniques for biological systems.

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology will follow the general guidelines set forth by the university and will include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Satisfactory scores from a current (less than 5 years old) standardized test commonly used and deemed appropriate by the particular discipline, such as the Graduate Record Examination.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, satisfactory scores from a standardized test commonly used and deemed appropriate for evaluation of English Language Proficiency, such as the TOEFL (a minimum score of 550 will be expected).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant’s written statement of intent for pursuing graduate studies in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology.

 

Yes - I am presently accepting student applications
No - I am not presently accepting student applications
Maybe - I would consider accepting an application from the right student